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The Fat Spy (1966)

 -  Comedy  -  11 May 1966 (USA)
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Off the coast of Florida, a nearly-deserted island is rumored to have the fountain of youth. A boatload of teenage kids are headed there for a scavenger hunt. Wellington, the island's ... See full summary »

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Jack E. Leonard ...
Irving / Herman Gonjular (Twins)
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George Wellington
Johnny Tillotson ...
Dodo Bronk
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Junior Wellington
Lauree Berger ...
Nanette
Jordan Christopher ...
Frankie
The Wild Ones ...
Themselves (Band)
Lou Nelson ...
Punjab, The Sikh
Toni Lee Shelly ...
Naiomi the Mermaid
Penny Roman ...
Herself
Adam Keefe ...
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Chuck Alden ...
Treasure Hunter
Jill Bleidner ...
Treasure Hunter
Tommy Graves ...
Treasure Hunter
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Off the coast of Florida, a nearly-deserted island is rumored to have the fountain of youth. A boatload of teenage kids are headed there for a scavenger hunt. Wellington, the island's wealthy owner, is none too happy about that, so he dispatches his daughter, Junior, to get rid of them. She's happy to go because her sweetie, Irving, is the island's only resident. Junior sends Irving to spy on the kids to find out what they know. Irving's twin brother, Herman, and Herman's high-school sweetheart, Camille Salamander, are also headed for the island with their own nefarious plans. Is the fountain of youth real, and if so, who will get to it first? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's a killer... a Diller... a blast of laffs!

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Perhaps because the production had run out of money, a final portion of this movie was never actually shot; instead, the camera simply pans over script pages describing what occurred in the missing scenes. See more »

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Herman: Ah, but your eyes, they're so beautiful. Where did you get those eyes?
Camille: They came with the head.
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Wild Way of Living
Written by Chuck Alden and Jordan Christopher
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What's good about this film? Some of the songs, actually.
12 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not much. BUT, for a low (low, low, low) budget "beach party" film (set in Florida, for a change) there are *just* enough special moments to satisfy the truly curious. Those moments are all found in the musical numbers: Frank E Leonard croons to his long-lost love, cosmetics mogul Phyllis Diller, an amusing "love" song regarding Diller's supposed ugliness in "You Haven't Changed a Bit"....with lines like "the paper said that Peeping Tom was pulling down your shade.." Ironic, as Phyllis Diller looks quite good here. Jayne Mansfield portrays a chubby daddy's girl/bush pilot who is sent by her father (Brian Donlevy) to see what 'those kids' are up to, and in doing so meets up with her beloved (Frank E Leonard, in a second role). Jayne gets to sing one song, the charming "I'd Like To Be a Rose in Your Garden (But I'm Just a Thorn in Your Side)." In real life, Jayne is obviously pregnant (with her youngest child); in some scenes there was no attempt to conceal her growing belly. Maybe the intention was for her character to be plump? Other numbers include cast member Lauree Berger (a very appealing short-haired brunette who could easily have given Annette Funicello a run for her money) singing the weirdly upbeat but submissive ditty "You Put Me Down the Nicest Way You Can." Jordan Christopher and the Wild Ones appear as "the boys" and perform "The Turtle", a slow-moving dance -which is like nothing you'll ever see in the big-budget "beach" movies. However, none of these musical moments belong in the same film with the Jordan Christopher-Lauree Berger duet "Nanette", a dreamily beautiful melody that could have been a hit if it wasn't lost in this film. "The Fat Spy" succeeds in a few fragments -if not as a whole- and for that its worth a look.


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